BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — It's no fun, but scraping the snow and ice off of your car is a necessary evil in WNY. If you don't it could cost you.
"We're seeing that this is a problem. Not only with windshields and a lot of snow on the roof of the car, but also headlights, tail lights, turn signals," said New York State Trooper James O'Callaghan, Public Information Officer for Troop A.
"I'm sure everybody's at fault of that at one time or another, but I usually try to make sure everything's clean," said Kevin Lake who cleaned off his car after work on Chippewa, pictured below.
Leaving snow on your car can cause major problems on the road.
"Other vehicles can't see you, you can't properly drive our vehicle because you can't see," said Trooper O'Callaghan.
And if you're caught with snow on your car, you're looking at traffic tickets.
"Depending on if your headlights are covered, ticket for that. Brake light covered? Ticket for that," said Trooper O'Callaghan.
The fine amount is set by the court, at a minimum of $150, according to police.